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If you look at the list of all runes, you can find out the cube recipes to create a rune of one level higher than Eth. Here are the Eth attributes:

Rank: (r5)
Weapon: -25% Target Defense
Armor/Helm/Shield: Regenerate Mana 15%
Ilvl/Clvl Required: 15

The Right Runes[edit]

Look at the rune list for information on how to get the right runes. For weapons you'll want to find the best type of weapon possible, since that's what the bonus damage is based on. Same with Armor if you are after Defense and shields for blocking percentage. If defense isn't important, look for an item that looks good, has low requirements, and for armor and shields, is not going to slow your running speed.

To Make a Runeword[edit]

  1. Items used for Runewords must be gray text items, normal, exceptional, or Elite. Low Quality, Superior, and Ethereal can be used, but you can not use magical, Rare, Set, Crafted, or Unique items, even if they have the correct number of sockets.
  2. The item must be of the correct type.
  3. The item must have exactly the correct number of sockets -- no more.
  4. You must socket the Runes in the correct order.


  • The Runes fill the sockets in numerical order automatically, i.e. in the order 1, 2, 3, .... For example, trying to place the third Rune of a Runeword into the third socket while sockets 1 and 2 are empty will result in the Rune filling socket 1, contrary to intentions. As mentioned elsewhere, it is possible to remove an item from a socket, but the item is destroyed in the process.
  • The Runeword Preparation Recipes tune equipment for receiving Runewords.
  • Check the Rune FAQ for further help.

Runewords with Eth[edit]

Runeword Stats Comments Active In
v1.11+ v1.10 v1.09

Ral (8) + Ohm (27) + Sur (29) + Eth (5)
Body Armor {4}
Clvl Required: 61

Level 15-21 Thorns Aura When Equipped (varies)

+50% Faster Hit Recovery
+25-50% To Poison Skill Damage (varies)
+300 Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Regenerate Mana 15%
+5% To Maximum Cold Resist
Fire Resist +30%
Poison Resist +100%
+13 Life After Each Kill
Level 13 Spirit of Barbs (33 Charges)

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Breath of the Dying

Vex (26) + Hel (15) + El (1) + Eld (2) + Zod (33) + Eth (5)
All Ranged & Melee Weapons {6}
Clvl Required: 69

50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Poison Nova When You Kill An Enemy

+60% Increased Attack Speed
+350-400% Enhanced Damage (varies)
-25% Target Defense
+50 To Attack Rating
+200% Damage To Undead
+50 To Attack Rating Against Undead
7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
12-15% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
Prevent Monster Heal
+30 To All Attributes
+1 To Light Radius
Requirements -20%

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Jah (31) + Gul (25) + Eth (5)
All Melee Weapons {3}
Clvl Required: 65

40% Increased Attack Speed

+209% Enhanced Damage
Ignores Target Defense
-25% Target Defense
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
6% Life Stolen Per Hit
33% Chance Of Deadly Strike
66% Chance Of Open Wounds
+5 To Frenzy (Barbarian Only)
Prevent Monster Heal

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Eth (5) + Tir (3) + Lo (28) + Mal (23) + Ral (8)
Swords & Axes {5}
Clvl Required: 59

35% Chance To Cast Level 15 Venom On Striking

+30-40% Increased Attack Speed (varies)
Damage +340-400 (varies)
Ignore Target's Defense
-25% Target Defense
+(1.875*Clvl)% Damage To Demons (Based on Character Level)
Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
-20-25% To Enemy Poison Resistance (varies)
20% Deadly Strike
Prevent Monster Heal
+2 To Mana After Each Kill
+10-15 Life After Each Kill (varies)

Ladder Runeword
  (Ladder Runewords are available in all game modes including non-ladder Single Player in Diablo 2: Resurrected)
Yes Yes No
Holy Thunder

Eth (5) + Ral (8) + Ort (9) + Tal (7)
Scepters {4}
Clvl Required: 23

+60% Enhanced Damage

+10 to Maximum Damage
-25% Target Defense
Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
Adds 21-110 Lightning Damage
+75 Poison Damage over 5 secs
+3 to Holy Shock (Paladin Only)
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
Lightning Resist +60%
Level 7 Chain Lightning (60 charges)

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Ith (6) + El (1) + Eth (5)
All Melee Weapons {3}
Clvl Required: 15

+33% Enhanced Damage

+9 to Maximum Damage
-25% Target Defense
+50 to Attack Rating
100% Chance of Open wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
-100 to Monster Defense Per Hit
Drain Life -5

Life drain is the opposite of life regeneration. With this you will lose 1 hp about every 2 seconds.

See it here.

Yes Yes Yes

Lum (17) + Io (16) + Sol (12) + Eth (5)
Staves {4}
Clvl Required: 37

+3 To Sorceress Skill Levels

+33% Faster Cast Rate
+9 To Minimum Damage
-25% Target Defence
+3 To Energy Shield (Sorceress Only)
+2 To Static Field (Sorceress Only)
+50% Enhanced Defense
+10 Vitality
+10 Energy
Increase Maximum Mana 20%
Magic Damage Reduced By 7

+ To Sorceress skill levels. Yes Yes Yes

Hel (15) + Ko (18) + Thul (10) + Eth (5) + Fal (19)
Polearms {5}
Clvl Required: 41

30% Chance To Cast Level 21 Enchant When You Kill An Enemy

+40% Faster Hit Recovery
+370% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
Adds 3-14 Cold Damage (3 Seconds Duration,Normal)
-25% To Enemy Fire Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
+200-300 Defense (varies)
+10 To Strength
+10 To Dexterity
All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
Requirements -20%

Ladder Runeword
  (Ladder Runewords are available in all game modes including non-ladder Single Player in Diablo 2: Resurrected)
Yes Yes No

Shael (13) + Eth (5)
All Shields {2}
Clvl Required: 29

+40% Faster Block Rate

20% Increased Chance of Blocking
Regenerate Mana 15%
All Resistances +25
Cannot be Frozen
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

One of the more useful, inexpensive runewords. Popular for javazons, sorceresses, necromancers, and others not in need of massive defense.

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Yes Yes Yes

Eth (5) + Lum (17)
All Shields {2}
Clvl Required: 37

+1 To All Skills

+10% Faster Cast Rate
+20% Faster Block Rate
+60-100% Enhanced Defense (varies)
+10 To Energy
Regenerate Mana 15%
50% Extra Gold From Monsters
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+3 To Light Radius

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Tal (7) + Eth (5)
Body Armor {2}
Clvl Required: 17

+25% Faster Run/Walk

+25% Faster Casting Rate
+25% Faster Hit Recovery
+6 to Dexterity
Regenerate Mana 15%
+15 Maximum Stamina
Poison Resist +30%
Magic Damage Reduced by 3

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Ort (9) + Eth (5)
Bows & Crossbows {2}
Clvl Required: 21

7% Chance to Cast Level 1 Twister When Struck

+25% Faster Run/Walk
+25% Increased Attack Speed
+33% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
+66 to Attack Rating
Adds 1-50 lightning damage
+25 Defense

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Crafted Items with Eth[edit]

Ingredients Crafted Item Comments
Blood Boots
Magical Light Plated Boots
or Battle Boots (Excep)
or Mirrored Boots (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Eth Rune (#5)
+ Perfect Ruby
Blood Boots
Preset Mods:
1-3% Life Leech
+10-20 Hit Points
+5-10 Life Regeneration
Potentially very useful boots, though you'd probably have to roll quite a few of them to get the faster run and resistance most characters demand from footwear. The boots are easily-obtained, and so are Eths, so this is almost a free recipe to run.
Caster Shield
Magical Small Shield
or Round Shield (Excep)
or Luna (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Eth Rune (#5)
+ Perfect Amethyst
Caster Shield
Preset Mods:
+4-10% Regenerate Mana
+10-20 Mana
+5-10 Blocking Percentage
Only the mana regeneration was altered in v1.09, and this now works only with a small shield.
Hitpower Shield
Magical Gothic Shield
or Ancient (Excep)
or Ward (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Eth Rune (#5)
+ Perfect Sapphire
Hitpower Shield
Preset Mods:
5% chance of casting Slvl 4 Frost Nova when hit
Attacker takes 3-10 damage
+5-10% Blocking
Safety Armor
Magical Breast Plate
or Curiass (Excep)
or Great Hauberk (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Eth Rune (#5)
+ Perfect Emerald
Safety Body
Preset Mods:
Reduces Damage 3-9
Reduces Magic Damage 2-5
Half Freeze Duration
Increased Defense 10-30%
Nice for a character who don't need big Defense or resistances on Armor, though the damage reductions are so small in v1.09 that it's pretty lame now.